The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons now recommends against the use of hyaluronic acid (Synvisc) injections for arthritic knees. That doesn’t leave many proven options for people with knee pain…
A selection of Dr. Lavine’s articles on hip, knee, foot & shoulder injury…
- Are you a runner, tennis player, skier, power-lifter, or other athlete who’s temporarily sidelined by an injury?
- Been told you need to exercise more but you’re worried about stressing your knee or shoulder?
- Are your feet tired and achy after standing and walking all day?
- Experiencing long term wear and tear or degeneration of you knees or hip joints?
- Or even considering joint replacement surgery?
Injuries and pain that affect your joints are common. Whether your issues involve the hip, knee, foot, shoulder, ankle, wrist, elbow, or wherever, here’s how I can help you:
- perform a custom examination of your joints, muscles, and overall alignment to understand the root cause of your problem
- use gentle hands-on methods to relieve pain and speed healing
- correct fundamental problems of alignment that put too much stress on your joints
- suggest the most effective rehab exercises – and then make sure you’re doing them correctly!
Here’s more info…
The variety of pain gels and patches can be bewildering. Here are the seven main types.
Exercise is needed to maintain the health of the cartilage of your knee. But can too much exercise backfire?
A simple adjustment can help your foot recover from an injury. But the effects of an adjustment go beyond that – correcting imbalances of the joints of the feet can improve the way your brain controls posture and movement.
The sacroiliac joint and the muscles that support it are common sources of low back and buttock pain. Discover how to minimize shear stress in the sacroiliac joint and avoid pain and injury.
Weakness, tingling and pain in the fingers? You may have carpal tunnel syndrome. There’s an easy way to figure out your diagnosis.
Discover the important diagnostic factors that help you doctor diagnose the cause of your knee pain.
What’s the key to an effective chiropractic adjustment? Restoring normal joint play to the joints of the spine….
Total knee replacement surgery has helped many alleviate pain and regain the ability to walk with ease. But the results aren’t perfect – many patients have persistent pain after surgery. This guest article by a New Zealand occupational therapist and psychotherapist discusses some of the intricacies of persisting pain.
Cartilage has no direct blood supply so it depends on periodic loading and unloading to get its nutrition. Chiropractic can help with this.
Hip and knee replacements have become two of the most common orthopedic surgeries. They’re practically a rite of passage in the 50-60-70 year old set. Do they make sense? Are there alternatives?
“Dr. Lavine’s treatment addresses several conditions that I developed early: fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, knee pain, and foot problems. You’d think I was a walking disaster! But at 61 I lead an active life and manage quite well. I don’t need pain medicines and my overall health is better. I can work long days reading, writing, teaching, and making jewelry– all of which I love.”
“I have been going to Ron Lavine for a number of years. His neurotactile therapy works wonders for the aches and pains which I have. I think it feels better than a massage. I highly recommend him.”
“I have known Ron for over 20 years. I have had to use his services from time to time because of either back problems, or shoulder and neck issues. Every time, Ron solved my problems through efficient treatments.”
About Dr Lavine
Is chiropractic care safe?
Is chiropractic care gentle?
Dr. Lavine uses a range of treatment methods, some of which are extremely gentle. Part of his experience lies in choosing the right style of treatment to get you system functioning better as quickly as possible.
Are there negative side-effects?
The most common side effects of chiropractic care are positive ones – feeling healthier and more robust. Another common side effect is a temporary increase in soreness. This typically resolves within a day or two. More significant side effects – worsening your underlying condition or creating a problem you didn’t already have – are exceedingly rare.
How long will Dr. Lavine spend with me?
There’s no set length for an appointment. But Dr. Lavine never typically schedules more than two patient visits per hour, and leaves double time for a consultation with a new patient.
Will Dr. Lavine treat me on the first visit?
Most often, yes.
Will Dr. Lavine crack my back?
Maybe. One method that Dr. Lavine uses is manipulation of the joints of the spine. This sometimes results in a popping noise as the spinal joints regain their normal mobility pattern. It’s a safe and painless procedure. Nonetheless, it’s not suitable in all cases and it’s never suitable for someone who doesn’t feel comfortable with that method of treatment.
Will I need to come for a series of treatments?
Most often, yes. The goal of the initial visit is to begin to determine what’s causing your problem and begin to find a way to fix it. Sometimes that means that you’ll respond strongly and immediately to the initial treatment and you’ll soon be heading back toward health. But far more often, a series of visits is needed to fully understand all of the ways your body needs help and allow your system a chance to heal.
I’ve heard that people keep coming to their chiropractor for months or even years. Is that true?
Most patients will begin to respond positively within a handful of treatments. Once they’ve achieved their initial goals, some patients choose to continue with periodic tune-up visits to alleviate stress as it builds up and keep on top of their game. That’s an individual choice.
Does Dr. Lavine take my insurance?
Dr. Lavine is not an in-network provider with any insurance network. Insurance networks are designed for the provision of generic chiropractic treatment, not the personalized, diversified treatment that Dr Lavine offers. If you have an insurance plan that covers out-of-network doctors, Dr. Lavine may be able to accept your case on an assigned-benefits basis. Call to find out more.
What about Medicare coverage?
If you have traditional Medicare (not a Medicare Advatage plan) you’ll pay doctor Lavine’s fees and he will submit a Medicare insurance claim on your behalf. You’ll get partial reimbursement based on the Medicare chiropractic fee schedule. Call for more information.
Is Dr. Lavine’s treatment suitable for older people?
Is Dr. Lavine’s treatment suitable for children?
What about X-rays? Will I need X-rays or MRI’s?
There are occasional situations in which imagining tests such as Xrays or MRIs would be useful in determining your diagnosis. But this is infrequent.
What specific methods does Dr. Lavine use?
Dr. Lavine uses a variety of manual therapy techniques designed to help your body reorganize itself to alleviate pain and allow for an optimal pattern of body movement. Broadly, there are three components of treatment: mobilization and manipulation of the joints, connective tissue treatment, and therapeutic movement. Within each of these three broad categories there are innumerable specific types of treatment that Dr. Lavine is skilled in. Every patient is different and every treatment plan is unique.
Will Dr. Lavine work with my regular medical doctor? Orthopedist? Physical therapist?
Of course. With your permission, he’ll send a complete report outlining his examination findings and treatment plan to any of your other physicians or therapists.
Will Dr. Lavine show me what to do to prevent my problem from coming back?
Yes. Any treatment plan also includes self-care tips, therapeutic exercises to do at home, and useful lifestyle modifications to deal with ongoing stressors.